Oyens Residents Enjoy Viewing Annual Antique Tractor Parade

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(Oyens) — Tractors of all makes, models, colors, and years, appeared Saturday during the annual July 4th Loutsch Family Oyens Antique Tractor parade. Nearly 50 entries participated in this year’s event, and although the number of entries
may have been down than with past parades, the people that gathered, sitting in their lawn chairs, next to the streets, still enjoyed seeing the farm equipment from a
past era.  Many people had erected tents to offer some protection against the hot summer sun, while others found comfort under the shade from trees.  The annual tractor parade started at 12:00 noon at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and traveled from street to street winding its way through the town. Parade participants tossed candy to anxiously waiting children, while parade viewers welcomed the parade participants with a big friendly wave.   Several of the tractor entries were pulling an implement, whether it was a wagon, hay rack, manure spreader, a two-roll planter, flat-bed trailer, sickle mower, or a one-row corn picker.  The antique tractor parade has been an annual July 4th event in Oyens for at least 25 years.